7627 Musicianship Through World Music: Creativity, Groove, and Beyond

Musicianship Through World Music

Satisfy all of the National Standards for Music Education through one class! Delve into the musical imagination of the world with countless approaches to rhythmic groove, phrasing, structural elements, instrumentation and creativity that cultures have contributed to the universal reservoir of music from across time. This course explores auditory learning procedures, diverse learning processes, odd meter, alternating meter, and unique approaches to ornamentation, inflection, structure and more. This course will highlight five approaches to improvisation: melodic, riff-oriented, modal, textural and harmonic, and cover step-by-step procedures for mastering improvisation via numerous learning and teaching tools.  Class will meet every week from 4 to 5 p.m. CST beginning Tuesday, February 7.


Class will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. CST on Tuesdays, starting February 7, 2017 for twelve weeks, ending May 2nd, 2017. If you are unable to attend a live session, each class will be recorded for you to view at your convenience. Each week, you will have six days to fulfill the class assignments. The instructor is amenable to finding a different day/time for the class to meet online during the first meeting on 02/07/2017.


Instructor: Julie Lyonn Lieberman

JulieLyonn_Headshot300dpiJulie Lyonn Lieberman authored the first world music book for practicing musicians in 1998, Planet Musician. She is the author of eight books in total, as well as six music education DVDs, and two National Public Radio series.

Ms. Lieberman is the recipient of the 2014 ASTA Kudos Award, over two-dozen ASCAP Plus Awards, eight Meet the Composer awards and three American String Teachers Association’s National Citation for Leadership & Merit awards.

Lieberman has dedicated the last thirty-five years as a performer, clinician, author, composer, radio and concert producer, and recording artist to furthering music education through the inclusion of American and world styles, as well as creative musicianship.
She has taught creative musicianship, world string styles, playing healthy, and technology for strings in school residencies and teacher trainings across the United States and beyond as well as through organizations and institutions like American String Teachers Association, European String Teachers Association, National Orchestra Festival, National Association for Music Education, International Association of Jazz Educators, The Midwest Clinic, The Starling-Delay Symposium, Suzuki Institute, National String Workshop, International String Workshop, Django in June, The Juilliard MAP Program, National Young Audiences, the Carnegie Hall LinkUp Program, and The Academy (produced by Carnegie/Weill Hall/Juilliard).
She is the Artistic Director for the summer program, Strings Without Boundaries. Ms. Lieberman is also an NS Design Performance Artist and a D’Addario Premiere Clinician.

VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology ( Through this learning management system, you'll be able to interact directly with your instructor, students in your classes, and members of the greater VanderCook Online community.
Classes this spring term officially begin on Monday, February 4, 2019. The week prior to the Spring 2019 term start date, we will be adding you as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from or with log-in instructions between January 28th and February 3rd. Once you are given credentials, simply visit to login. On the morning of February 4th, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.
Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.
You’ll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You’ll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy school schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!
Courses are scheduled for 13 weeks, with one week (March 18-24, 2019) being a designated week off for Spring Break. The Spring Online Term ends Sunday, May 5, 2019.


2021 Humanity in Music Education Conference Details


In-person registration fee:
Early bird prior to July 1: $150
After July 1 and on-site: $200

Registration forms coming soon!

Registration includes continental breakfast for both days and cocktail hour.

College students: $50

For 1 graduate credit: $150

Remote fee: $100

Accommodation details coming soon!


Click to Register for Spring MECA 2018

Online Course Information

7627 Musicianship Through World Music

Instructor: Julie Lyonn Lieberman

3 graduate credits
Tuition: $990
Tuition is due in full upon registration.

Required Text: Planet Musician: The World Music Sourcebook for Musicians by Julie Lyonn Lieberman (Hal Leonard Corp.)

        •         ISBN-10: 079358695X

        •         ISBN-13: 978-0793586950


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